Get your bandaids and training forthwith, campers.
You’re gonna need ’em.
UPDATE 1145 EDT 11 APRIL 2012: Commenter Hollywood sends:
We put together a group buy for a local group from Chinook Medical.
The kit was optimized for cost, size and shelf life, so you will notice the conspicuous lack of hemostatic agent and better tourniquet. The kit fits in a cargo pocket and was put together for $25. It was vacuum packed with a kitchen vacuum packing machine and should have a near infinite shelf live and it also prevent the owner from raiding the kit for non-emergencies, keeping it intact. Duct tape was wrapped on business cards which allowed it to be flat, and was cheaper than buying mini rolls.
This kit is very close to the “Tactical Response Gear – V.O.K. – Ventilated Operator Kit” that sells for the very reasonably priced cost of $40 and includes a 14ga x 3 ¼ Catheter for those trained in it use in chest decompression. If I need a kit or two, I would just purchase them from Tactical Response, but if want them for a group or desire to customize them doing it yourself is the way to go and not difficult.
The Standard Kit we put together contains:
Tourni-Kwik TK-4 Combat Tourniquet
6″ Israeli Emergency Bandage
2 PriMed Compressed Gauze Bandage
30FR Nasopharyngeal Airway
Pair of Latex Free Gloves
Packet of Surgical Lube
8’ Duct Tape
EMT Shears external to the package, might be need to open the vacuum pack.
Current Prices as of 02/05/2012
05143 2 PriMed Compressed Gauze Bandage (or Z-pack) 2x$1.45
05156 2 Z-PAK Gauze Dressing 2x$1.89
Chest Wound/Air Way Stuff
03682 Duct Tape, 2″ x 5 yd (can roll/fold your own from a larger roll) $2.55 or Free
12099 HALO Seals $16.59
02120PA 30FR Nasopharyngeal Airway $3.67
If you look at the minimum (prices in bold) for a trauma bandage , 2 packing gauzes, TK-4 Tourniquet, EMT Shears, fold your own Duct Tape and 1 pair of free gloves, you are in about $17+S&H.